Spurs defender discusses the Carroll challenge


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Tottenham’s big defender Jan Vertonghen is all set and ready for a scrap with Andy Carroll today (Sat).

And he is confident that the visitors can blot out the threat from AC saying: “Andy Carroll is a great striker. He is very difficult to play against. But I think our defence have showed that we can play against every type of striker. So I’m not afraid.

“He’s a very big guy. He’s a fighter. He’s very strong in the air and I think he fits the game that West Ham wants to play. Hopefully he can stay fit for a while. He’s struggled a bit on that, but he’s a good player and a tough player to play against.”

And commenting on Javier Hernandez, the Belgian central defender added : “Hernandez is totally different to Carroll so I think they can play two styles. Maybe they can even play together.

Hernandez is tough to play against. Maybe he is not that involved in the game but you can’t lose him, especially in the box. He is so dangerous. So we’ll see how we get on.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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